The English National Opera Company has launched a truly international project - the opera "Bomarzo" which has its British premiere this week.
GV EXTERIOR: London Coliseum.
SV INTERIOR: Composer Ginastera and wife Aurora Natola studying score.
SV: Ginastera speaking in French (overlaid over shots of rehearsal discussions on stage between producer Anthony Besch - wearing spectacles - extreme right and Soprano Katherine Pring) (2 shots)
SV: (speech on film continuing) Ginastra and wife both talking to camera (3 shots)
"C' est la premiere........"
"Bomarzo" - written by Manuel Mujica Lainez - is based on the life of Pier Francesco Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo, a tortured, cruel, impotent antihero,; a hunchback obsessed by sex and his own fears. The staging is that of the Orsini's nightmarish gardens near Viterbo - peopled with huge grotesque stone figures, which the Duke believed summed up man's metaphysical anguish.
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Background: The English National Opera Company has launched a truly international project - the opera "Bomarzo" which has its British premiere this week. Based on an Italian Renaissance character, the libre to and music are by Argentines, the artistes are British, and the set designer an Australian. The opera was originally commissioned by the Washington Opera Society in 1966.